- Our next performance is our Holiday Ensembles in December (12th). More info forthcoming.
- What should my child be practicing? Well…ask them to play the chromatic scale for you!
- All of our 6th grade band students should be practicing at home. The expectation is that your child totals 50 minutes of practice per week. Five 10-minute sessions is better than one 50-minute session.
- Polo shirt order slips will be going home soon for those that need to reorder. Be on the lookout.
I have to tell you how proud I am of our students. They have been working hard in class this fall and are making steady progress on new skills and music. I can’t wait for you to hear them in our next concert. As a parent, however, I’m sure there have been times where you may have asked yourself if your child was progressing quickly enough. As the students move beyond their first year of playing, sometimes it’s not as easy to recognize the development of new skills.
During this time, it’s easy for students and parents to get discouraged because progress is not as obvious. This is a time when your child will need your encouragement more than ever. Recognize their efforts, praise them when they remember to practice without being reminded, and continue to ask them to play for you from time to time.
This might also be a time when you want to consider private lessons for your child. In a private lesson, a specialist who plays the same instrument as your child will work with them one-on-one to develop a program of study tailored specifically to your child’s unique strengths, weaknesses, and goals. It’s a great way to provide your child with new opportunities in music and jump-start their interest. With lessons, they will feel more accomplished, be more confident, and progress more quickly. A small jump-start now could set them up for long-term success by helping them to rise above the crowd and see their inner talent.
I recommend a thirty-minute lesson once per week for students this age. If you are interested, I can help connect you with just the right person. We have access to wonderful teachers here in Clark County!
Thanks for your support of our school music program and of your child’s participation. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to help.